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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a massage therapist during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ask your massage therapist if they offer consultations over a video chat or phone call. If they do, ask them any questions you have about the upcoming appointment. For example, ask what precautions they're taking to keep both parties safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You might also want to ask if they offer gift cards that can be used at a later time, remote services or even virtual lessons for you or members in your household.

Also, ask how they plan to handle payments, and whether you can pay through an online or digital method instead of with physical cash or credit cards. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a massage therapist when social distancing?

Because massage therapy requires person-to-person contact, social distancing is not possible. However, you can ask massage therapists near you if they can offer remote services instead, such as lessons for you and your partner.

If you don’t want to book an appointment with a massage therapist right now, but you will in the future when the pandemic subsides, consider paying your massage therapist in advance or tipping them anyway. You can also ask about buying a gift card for future work. 

Does a massage therapist need to enter my home?

Many massage therapists operate their businesses out of their own homes, though some offer mobile massages and come to your home. You should ask the massage therapist where they typically operate and if they are making any special accommodations to better observe the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing

If you must cancel or delay your massage therapy appointment due to COVID-19, consider asking the therapist if they can offer massage techniques or lessons via video chat, email or some other digital format. You can also ask if it's possible to buy gift cards that can be used at a later time.

Can I use digital payments to pay for a massage?

Many massage therapists accept digital payments through Venmo, Apple Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle and other online platforms. Even businesses that do not typically accept digital payments may be changing their methods to practice social distancing. Just check with your massage therapist before the appointment to see how they handle payments.  

How can I find out if a massage therapist is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of an essential COVID-19 service provider varies from state to state and city to city. To see which businesses are considered essential in your area, visit the official government website of your state or city.

You can also read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do deep tissue massages work?

Deep tissue massage not only feels fabulous, it can provide results. The massage technique targets deeper layers of muscle and your connective tissue. For its ability to stimulate those deeper muscles, deep tissue massage is commonly used during recuperation from sports-related and other injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Deep tissue massage has been proved to reduce high blood pressure and a range of other ailments. Deep tissue and other types of massage are frequently used for relieving stress, managing pain, breaking down scar tissue, relieving muscle tension and improving health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health cites the following as health conditions for which that deep tissue massage can provide relief:

  • Chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Labor pains
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia pain and fatigue
  • Headaches

The proper deep tissue massage may also benefit preterm infant health. Cancer patients may experience reduced pain, increased relaxation, and improved mood.

What is a traditional Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage is a different experience if you’ve only ever had a Swedish or deep tissue massage. In Thai massage, you wear loose-fitting clothing (often provided by the massage therapist) and start by lying on a mat. Throughout the massage, the therapist moves your body into various seated and prone positions, which stretch and release your muscles and soft tissue. Although your body is moving, the therapist is doing all the work, making it feel similar to supported yoga. The massage therapist will bend, stretch, and compress and lengthen your body using their hands, forearms, elbows and even feet. Don’t be alarmed by the feet! Many studios have overhead supports that allow the practitioners to safely walk on your back, releasing tight adhesions and promoting ease. Thai massage can be both invigorating and relaxing. It is an excellent option for keeping your muscles in good health if you regularly work out, or if you want to overcome a lack of flexibility. Studies show that Thai massage can increase blood circulation, improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension and enhance mental well-being.

What are the different Swedish massage techniques?

There are five main techniques in Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Within each category there are various movements, all intended to ease muscle tension and pain. Each movement has a specific purpose for loosening, warming, soothing or stimulating your muscles during your massage. Here is a breakdown of each of the five Swedish massage techniques:

  • Effleurage: Sweeping, gliding, smooth long strokes done with the hands or forearms. These strokes can loosen and warm the body and are said to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Friction: These circular or transverse rubbing strokes are also warming and can get deeper into the muscle tissue. They should be avoided on injured or inflamed areas or areas.
  • Petrissage: Lifting, kneading, skin rolling, muscle rolling and wringing. These movements help with circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration, and aid in loosening tense muscles.
  • Tapotement: Tapping, plucking, cupping and pounding. Tapotement movements can help improve blood circulation and cell rejuvenation, and also relax and release tight muscles.  
  • Vibration: Rocking, shaking and trembling movements. These motions can help muscles release.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

Reviews for Chula Vista massage therapists
Lisa D.
I am also a massage therapist, and Karen gave me the best massage I've ever had.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Juan C.
Very professional. Great massage.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Maria G.
Loved the massage. Felt great afterwards as always.
Alexis G.Alexis G.
Zachary O.
My wife expirenced a wonderful massage, thank you!!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Jazlyn Z.
Best massage ever!! My neck and shoulders had so many knots and I feel so relieved of pressure. I was able to schedule monthly massages and have them in the comfort of my home (:
BG Spa ServicesBG Spa Services
Lesley W.
Shannon was so professional, timely, and gave amazing massages. Would highly recommend!
Gemini HealingGemini Healing
Luis V.
Very friendly and professional. Me and my wife both enjoyed our massages.
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Patrice S.
She is awesome. Very knowledgeable and her massages are the best I've had since being in California.
BG Spa ServicesBG Spa Services
Josh w.
Very professional, has everything you need to make you feel like your in a real massage parlor. Great lotion.
Robert E.
Nice older petite lady who gave the strongest deep professional massage I’ve ever received. I loved it. She really cares about her clients and doing a quality job. She spent an extra 15 minutes at no additional charge to ensure she successfully completed my massage. I highly recommend her. Thank you!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Thumbtack Customer
I had the pleasure of receiving a massage from Jazmine this morning! She is incredibly professional and was extremely attentive to my needs. Thank you, Jazmine!
Jazmine Northrup, HHPJazmine Northrup, HHP
Alex S.
Karen did an amazing job assessing my needs, to improve recovery from a high training week at the Olympic Training Center. With a strong expertise on hip flexibility, Karen’s massage helped loosen my legs from many long runs and bike rides, improving my range of motion, reducing soreness, and ultimately helping speed up my recovery. Thanks Karen, for the attentiveness and professionalism during the 120 minute massage.
Balanced Health Therapeutics MassageBalanced Health Therapeutics Massage
Colleen I.
I had pulled my back and was in immediate pain relief. With most places closed, I went online and was lucky to have found Relax, LLC. I was able to be seen same day. And despite my 2 large dogs, she was able to give me a great massage and I am now pain free. Before the massage I was unable to bend past the waist. Now I can FINALLY do yoga again!!!! Thank you so much!!!!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Nerliza C.
Great massage! Karen listened and heard what I wanted and all that was going on with me. I love that she worked on exactly what I asked for and even muscles I didn't know were connected!
Balanced Health Therapeutics MassageBalanced Health Therapeutics Massage
Mayra c.
Omgawdddd!!! Let me tell you I usually get a massage once a month but with everything going on it has been hard. I found Charmaine and thank God! She is amazing she really knows every bone in your body that means she will fix any problem. And lastly she means buisness I called her at 10pm because I was dying after work and without hesitation she said I will be there... So amazing that we planned for a 60 minute massage and through the process I said make it 90 minutes. AMAZING will us her forever!!!
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Katie P.
Great massage. Really enjoyed being ay my home and being able to relax even if I did have my kids running around. Haha. She really took the time to help me relax and get the problem areas kneeded out.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Thumbtack Customer
Karen's deep tissue massage was very relieving on my tight and spasmed muscles. I sustained soft tissue injuries along my spine and in my right leg in a car accident exactly a year and a day ago. She was able to detect the areas that needed attention as she worked the entire body. Her technique shows she is highly skilled and experienced. She has the strength to apply the exact pressure I need to release the tension in my muscles. She was very professional and courteous. She is also very accommodating with scheduling. I highly recommend Karen for her deep tissue massage therapy and would be happy to be a regular client.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Ashly W.
This lady wasn't very professional, she called a few times because she got lost and was about 20 mins late. She said she could make it to my place between 330-4.. but didn't arrive until 420. I saw her double dip in the wax pot, when she did my Brazilian. She up-sold me on a facial with a peal, and got products in my eye, I had to get off the table and rinse it out in the sink. My eye still swollen the next day. She doesn't have a facial steamer. Just "washed" my face with cotton squares. She talks extremely loud and continuously. My facial and massage was not a relaxing experience at all. I had asked if she had knowledge of a Gua Sha Style of massage, and she seemed to have no idea what she was doing, and instead of paying attention to doing a professional job during my 32 minute massage, she talked the entire time, and at the end I was more stressed. I am going to the ER because of my eye this morning, possibly missing a day of work.
BG Spa ServicesBG Spa Services
Zachary O.
Wow! Ive had golfers elbow and muscle pains in my right arm for about two years now and one 90 minute massage session and 50% of the pain is gone! I am so glad I found you!! I'm booking again. Very knowledgeable and know how to find the tension and treat it. Thank you!!!!!
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Sandra L.
Absolutely the experience of a lifetime. I got 2 couple massages for my grown children. The most fantastic They’ve ever felt. I can’t recommend this woman enough. she’s wonderful in every way shape and form. She makes you feel like you are floating on air afterwards. she does a wonderful job.
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Cielo M.
Alexis is an absolutely amazing!!! Her massage is so relaxing! It was literally the perfect amount of pressure for all of my aches and pains! I will definitely be using her services again from here on. Highly recommended for the quality of the job, absolute professionalism and of course the fact the she is just overall super nice! Thank you so much and I’ll see you again soon! 😊
Alexis G.Alexis G.
Jim B.
You need to hire Karen right now. I'm just a guy that wanted to do something special for my wife on Mother's Day. But she's 9 months pregnant and I have no experience with masseuses. I couldn't just get her a gift card to one of those generic massage places again. Most of them won't even touch a pregnant woman. So I found Karen. Not only is she able to do pre-natal massage, but she even travelled all the way to my home! On Mother's Day! Sold! Karen arrived with her table and a special pregnancy extension so my wife could comfortably lie on her stomach. She chose not to use it, but its great that the option is available. Karen was obviously very experienced. She made my wife feel at ease right away, and she was responsive and attentive to her needs. After it was over my wife told me how completely relaxed she felt. In fact, she's here fast asleep right now as I write this. And although Karen was a bit late, she added extra time to my wife's massage free of charge. That was very nice. I have to say we were both very pleased with her service. And thanks to Karen I think I won Mother's Day!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Eric J.
Charmaine was hard-working yet very patient at the same time. I have had knots and soreness in my neck for 3-4 months. She worked on my neck and shoulders exclusively, which is exactly what I needed. I had been holding out to use my wife's massage envy membership but who knows when that will be available. Charmaine saw me in under 14 hours from my initial contact! I wish I'd have found her months ago.
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
James R.
Charmaine was very accommodating. I was able to get in within 1hr of calling. I had a massive pinched nerve and pain in right shoulder. She spent most of the time working that out then worked on the right chest area. Her price was very reasonable and she truly deserved the tip. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great massage. She was professional and enjoyed the conversation while she worked. Thank you for being available during these trying times of the pandemic for a fellow veteran. James
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
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